India has by no means let geography or geometry outline its method to helping creating international locations and it views South-South Cooperation as a growth partnership and never a donor-donee relationship, India’s deputy envoy to the UN has mentioned.
Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Nagaraj Naidu mentioned this whereas talking on the UN Day for South-South Cooperation Pathways towards the SDGs by way of South-South solidarity past COVID-19′ on Thursday.
He mentioned that India stays dedicated to the rules of South-South cooperation each at regional and international stage for mutual studying, capability constructing and progress of all creating international locations.
India has acted with a deep and abiding dedication to South-South Cooperation which it views as a growth partnership moderately than a donor-donee relationship. We have by no means let geography or geometry outline our method to helping international locations throughout the creating world, Mr Naidu mentioned.
He mentioned this 12 months’s South-South Cooperation Day comes at a time when the world continues to grapple with the problem of COVID-19 pandemic.
However, difficult occasions demand extraordinary responses and the worldwide south ought to work much more nearer throughout this pandemic and discover applicable options within the collective journey to construct again higher, Mr Naidu mentioned.
Even although India has been hit by the pandemic, the nation is on the forefront within the name for joint international motion to handle COVID-19 with the goal of helping fellow creating international locations, he mentioned.
Highlighting efforts by India to assist different nations amid the pandemic, Mr Naidu mentioned the nation has prolonged medical-related help to greater than 120 developed and creating international locations and pledged USD 15 million to Gavi, the worldwide vaccine alliance created in 2000 to enhance entry to new and underused vaccines for kids dwelling on the earth’s poorest international locations.
India has additionally utilised its energy within the digital and knowledge know-how house to develop a studying platform to ship programs for coaching healthcare personnel of partnering creating international locations.
Mr Naidu voiced India’s dedication to proceed sharing its developmental experiences and technical experience with different creating international locations within the spirit of the World is One Family’.
Our method to growth partnership might be human-centric, based mostly on rules of mutual respect and nationwide possession with a dedication to sustainable growth for all, he mentioned.
India has turn out to be a number one participant in South-South cooperation and its engagement with creating nations has intensified over the previous few years.
The India-CARICOM Leaders Meeting, India-Pacific Islands Heads of State Summit and the India-Africa Forum Summits have additional strengthened the particular bonding between India and fellow creating international locations.
India’s growth cooperation ranges from capability constructing by offering coaching to just about 15,000 college students yearly from greater than 160 international locations below the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme to offering developmental financing to 64 international locations totaling USD 30.66 billion.
The International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient infrastructure co-founded by India, are different examples of Southern efforts to champion the reason for inexpensive options for a greener future, Mr Naidu mentioned.
Another inspiring instance of India’s contribution in South-South cooperation is the USD 150 million India-UN Development Partnership Fund, operated from the UN Office for South-South Cooperation, Mr Naidu mentioned.
The fund helps Southern-owned and led demand-driven, and transformational sustainable growth tasks throughout the creating world with a give attention to LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS.
In three years, the fund has gathered a portfolio of 39 tasks in 41 international locations and thru the initiative, India is straight impacting the lives of communities throughout the creating world, Mr Naidu added.
Projects below the fund embrace preparing a conference centre in Palau to host subsequent 12 months’s Oceans Conference, rehabilitating hospitals in Antigua & Barbuda and Guyana, constructing a faculty in Dominica, an Information Technology Centre of Excellence in Papua New Guinea to creating the capability of girls to stem desertification within the Kanem and Lake Chad areas.
The IBSA (India-Brazil-South Africa) Fund for the Alleviation of Poverty and Hunger additionally hosted on the UN Office for South-South Cooperation is one other distinctive mechanism for South-South Cooperation.
Established in 2004, the IBSA Fund is supporting initiatives within the space of meals safety, protected ingesting water, addressing HIV/AID. Since 2004, a complete of USD 39.three million has been contributed to the Fund by the three international locations and the Fund has undertaken a complete of 33 tasks, of which 24 have been accomplished.
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